NHL Rumor Mill – July 27, 2021

NHL Rumor Mill – July 27, 2021

With the NHL free-agent market opening July 28, here’s the latest on the goalie market, Ryan Getzlaf’s status with the Ducks and updates on the Canadiens and Kraken in today’s NHL rumor mill.

LATEST ON THE OFFSEASON GOALIE MARKET

DAILY FACEOFF: Frank Seravalli reports talks between the Colorado Avalanche and goaltender Philipp Grubauer are expected to go down to the wire before the free-agent market opens at noon ET on July 28. The Avs are holding firm with an offer of five years and $5 million annually while the Grubauer camp seeks over $6 million per season.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (NHL Images).

The Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs view Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper as a primary trade target but the asking price is high. The Chicago Blackhawks are among several teams with an interest in Vancouver Canucks netminder Braden Holtby. The Vegas Golden Knights have dangled Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury at varying points this season.

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports have an interest in Kuemper and Carolina’s Petr Mrazek. They haven’t made a contract offer to former starter Frederik Andersen. He thinks Andersen could be on the Hurricanes’ shortlist.

VEGAS HOCKEY NOW: Dan Kingerski cited Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reporting a deal for one of the Golden Knights’ goaltenders fell through over the weekend. It was either Fleury going to the Blackhawks or Lehner heading to the New Jersey Devils.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We can expect a fair bit of jockeying over the next couple of days as teams attempt to address their goalie needs via trades and/or free agency.

Grubauer’s situation will be interesting. The Avs wouldn’t have clinched this year’s Presidents’ Trophy without him but he was shaky in their second-round series against Vegas. Nevertheless, I don’t see a better option in the trade or free-agent markets.

Kuemper is the best of the bunch after Grubauer but he carries a $4.5 million cap hit for next season, has a recent injury history and is slated to become a UFA next summer. The Coyotes asking price is likely a high draft pick and/or a top prospect or young NHL-ready player.

The Lehner to New Jersey rumor caught my eye. The Devils seemed keen on young Mackenzie Blackwood as their starter. I assumed they’d want a reliable backup to mentor him. Lehner, however, is a full-fledged starter. If the Devils were trying to get him that suggests they have less confidence in Blackwood than originally thought.

It sounds like the Leafs are scouting the market for someone to share the goalie duties with Jack Campbell. If they don’t find anything that fits within their limited cap space perhaps they’ll circle back to Andersen, provided another club hasn’t snapped him up.

COULD GETZLAF HIT THE MARKET?

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the Anaheim Ducks and captain Ryan Getzlaf aren’t close to a new contract but he doesn’t rule out the possibility that they’ll get one done. Nevertheless, the 36-year-old center is readying himself to hear offers from clubs on Wednesday if he’s still unsigned by then.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Athletic’s Eric Stephens reports the Ducks want to bring back Getzlaf. He suggested the speculation about the captain leaving might be to put a bit of pressure on the Ducks. We’ll see what transpires. Despite his age and declining production, he will attract plenty of interest in the free-agent market.

WHO COULD THE CANADIENS TARGET IN FREE AGENCY?

TVA SPORTS: Rumors are circulating suggesting the Montreal Canadiens could sign Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman David Savard and Carolina Hurricanes forward Cedric Paquette when the UFA market opens on Wednesday.

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston took to Twitter reporting Chris Wideman is a “good bet” to land with the Canadiens via free agency. The 31-year-old defenseman is coming off a productive season in the KHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens are looking to fill the gap on defense with Shea Weber sidelined for next season (and possibly longer). They’ll also need some checking-line depth if they lose center Phillip Danault to free agency. One rumor claims Wideman already has a one-year deal in place with the Habs that will be announced tomorrow.

KRAKEN EXPECTED TO BE BUSY IN UFA MARKET

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports the expansion Seattle Kraken are expected to be active in the upcoming free-agent market. They have lots of cap space to invest. LeBrun believes they’ll circle back on St. Louis Blues’ left winger Jaden Schwartz and make him a concrete offer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kraken have over $30 million in projected cap space. They have sufficient room to re-sign their four restricted free agents (including Vince Dunn) and make a splash or two in the UFA pool for someone like Schwartz.

 










2019 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

2019 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

Here’s the list of today’s notable deals heading toward the 3 pm ET deadline. This list will be updated frequently throughout the day.  Following the deadline, I’ll examine the day’s biggest moves in the Soapbox section. 

Florida Panthers trade defenseman Chris Wideman to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Sebastian Dea.

Winnipeg Jets trade left wing Nic Petan to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for center Par Lindholm.

Florida Panthers trade defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.

Buffalo Sabres trade defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a sixth-round pick. 

Vancouver Canucks trade defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winger Tanner Pearson.

Minnesota Wild trade center Matt Hendricks to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a seventh-round pick. 

Anaheim Ducks traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger Marcus Johansson to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a fourth-round pick in 2020. 

Philadelphia Flyers trade winger Wayne Simmonds to the Nashville Predators in exchange for winger Ryan Hartman and a conditional 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

Ottawa Senators trade Matt Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo via NHL Images)

Ottawa Senators trade right wing Mark Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights for prospect defenseman Erik Brannstrom, center Oscar Lindberg, and a second-round pick in 2020. 

Minnesota Wild trade forward Mikael Granlund to the Nashville Predators in exchange for winger Kevin Fiala. 

Los Angeles Kings trade defenseman Oscar Fantenberg to the Calgary Flames for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020.

New York Rangers trade defenseman Adam McQuaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fourth- and a seventh-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. 

Florida Panthers trade center Derick Brassard and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020 to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020

Florida Panthers trade forward Tomas Jurco to the Carolina Hurricanes for future considerations. The Hurricanes trade prospect Cliff Pu to the Panthers for future considerations.

Arizona Coyotes trade center Jordan Weal to the Montreal Canadiens for center Michael Chaput

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the New York Rangers trade center Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets for Brendan Lemieux, the Jets’ 2019 first-round pick and a conditional pick. 

New Jersey Devils trade goaltender Keith Kinkaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for a fifth-round pick in 2022.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft and a conditional third-round pick in 2020. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2018

Senators trade Chris Wideman to Edmonton plus updates on Matt Murray, Shea Weber, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins starting goaltender Matt Murray was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury expected to keep him sidelined “longer term.” The Penguins recalled Tristan Jarry from their AHL affiliate

Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber could return to action next week. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That might explain Murray’s struggles this season. It also provides fodder for critics who consider him injury prone. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens captain Shea Weber could make his season debut on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Weber’s been recovering from offseason knee surgery. The club also recalled blueliner Brett Kulak.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber’s imminent return should be a welcome boost to a Canadiens blueline that has struggled in his absence despite the club’s otherwise better-than-expected start to this season. 

SPORTSNET: The Calgary Flames placed defenseman Michael Stone and winger Michael Frolik on injured reserve. Stone has a blood clot and there’s no timetable for his return. Frolik, meanwhile, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators traded defenseman Chris Wideman to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Senators turning toward younger talent there wasn’t any room for the 28-year-old Wideman, who saw his ice time in Ottawa decrease this season. He’s expected to skate on the Oilers’ third defense pairing. 

TSN: Speaking of the Senators, their efforts to get a new area constructed in downtown Ottawa are in danger of falling through. Issues between Rendezvous Lebreton Group primary partners Eugene Melnyk (owner of the Senators) and John Ruddy (part-owner of the CFL’s Ottawa RedBlacks) are cited as factors that could put their proposal to the National Capital Commission into jeopardy. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like the cantankerous Melnyk’s bargaining tactics are to blame, as he apparently wants to avoid paying for the arena’s construction. 

CBS SPORTS: New York Rangers forward Cody McLeod will be sidelined four-to-six weeks due to a fractured hand. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets rookie Kristian Vesalainen has exercised his out-clause in his entry-level contract allowing him to return to KHL club Jokerit for the remainder of this season. He spent five games with the Jets before being assigned to their AHL affiliate. He’s eligible to return to the Jets or their AHL farm team once Jokerit’s KHL season ends. 

TSN: The Colorado Avalanche placed forward Marko Dano on waivers. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2018

Capitals re-sign Carlson, Senators re-sign Wideman, a couple of minor trades and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC WASHINGTON: The Capitals yesterday re-signed defenseman John Carlson to an eight-year deal reportedly worth an annual average value of $8 million. 

The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman John Carlson to an eight-year contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. The Capitals couldn’t afford to lose their best defenseman, Their trade of blueliner Brooks Orpik and his $5.5-million cap hit to Colorado on Friday was done specifically to clear sufficient salary-cap space for Carlson’s new contract. The deal is comparable to the reported eight-year, $8.25-million AAV deal agreed upon between the Arizona Coyotes and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Carlson would’ve been the best defenseman in this summer’s unrestricted free agent market and would’ve attracted lucrative offers. The extra year from the Capitals and the opportunity to stay with the Stanley Cup champions were obviously attractive options for him.

With Carlson signed, Cap Friendly indicates the Capitals have over $66.2 million invested in 16 players. leaving around $13 million to re-sign free agents such as Michal Kempny, Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly and Jay Beagle. 

TSN: The Ottawa Senators re-signed defenseman Chris Wideman to a one-year, $1-million contract. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Michael Chaput from the Canucks for forward Tanner Kero.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Nikita Soshnikov to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800k.

THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings placed defenseman Xavier Ouellet on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the final year ($1.3-million AAV) of his contract.

MLIVE.COM: The Wings also traded defenseman Robbie Russo to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 30, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 30, 2018

Game recaps, playoff standings updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak had a Gordie Howe hat trick in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 to take over first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference standings. Patrice Bergeron had three points and David Pastrnak a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) for the Bruins (107 points), who sit one point up on the slumping Lightning, who’ve lost three in a row.

Sidney Crosby’s highlight-reel overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. Crosby rang a shot off the post and swatted in the midair rebound. The victory leaves the Penguins with 94 points, one up on the Columbus Blue Jackets for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Devils (89 points) remain three up on the Florida Panthers for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Speaking of the Panthers, they failed to gain ground on the Devils after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Ottawa Senators. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice for the Senators, including the winner in overtime. Earlier in the day, the Senators recalled forward Colin White and  announced Chris Wideman suffered a season-ending hamstring injury.

Pierre-Luc Dubois tallied a hat trick and Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 37 shots to give the Blue Jackets a 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. The Jackets (93 points) move to third place in the Metro Division, one up on the Philadelphia Flyers. Earlier in the day, the Blue Jackets announced the re-signing of defenseman Markus Nutivaara to a four-year, $10.8-million contract extension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  A reasonable signing by the Blue Jackets. Nutivaara’s blossomed in his sophomore season, with 23 points in 60 games. He’s a very good puck-moving defenseman who’s provided an extra measure of mobility to the Jackets’ blueline, forming a solid third defense pairing with Ryan Murray. 

Jeff Carter’s hat trick powered the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. With 93 points, the Kings moved two points up on the Anaheim Ducks for third in the Pacific Division.

Zach Parise scored twice and Matt Dumba had four points to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. The Wild (96 points) hold a five-point lead over the St. Louis Blues for third in the Central Division.

The San Jose Sharks failed to clinch a playoff berth after falling 5-3 to the Nashville Predators. Filip Forsberg collected three assists and goaltender Juuse Saros made 39 saves for the Predators.

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid netted his 41st goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. With 103 points, McDavid sits six points up on Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov in the NHL scoring race. Kucherov has a game in hand.

The Detroit Red Wings snapped an 11-game road-losing skid by beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-3. Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin each had a goal and an assist for the Wings.

Emergency backup goaltender Scott Foster made seven saves to preserve a 6-2 win for the Chicago Blackhawks over the Winnipeg Jets. Fisher, an 36-year-old accountant who played four seasons with Western Michigan University, came into the game when Collin Delia (making his own NHL debut) left the game with cramps in the third period. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook also played his 1,000th career NHL game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is now one of my favorite stories of this season. Foster won’t play another game in the NHL, but for one night and for several minutes, he got to live the dream. His post-game interview was fantastic.

 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and winger Brendan Gallagher have declined invitations to join Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships. Price wants to spend time with his family while Gallagher wants to rest his banged-up body.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Canadiens management are upset over Price and Gallagher skipping the Worlds this season. Price also had his own health issues to deal with this season, including a recent concussion that sidelined him for 13 games. Price played for Canada in the 2014 Olympics and 2016 World Cup of Hockey, while Gallagher skated for Canada at the Worlds in 2016.

 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Odelein. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 3, 2017

Game recaps, November’s top rookies, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Paul Byron scored a hat trick and Alex Galchenyuk collected four assists to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 10-1 beatdown of the Detroit Red Wings. The Habs won their fifth straight game while the Wings dropped their seventh in a row. Earlier in the day, Canadiens defenseman Brandon Davidson was placed on waivers

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A week ago, the Canadiens were near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. After five straight wins, they’re third in the Atlantic Division. This lopsided victory came on the 22nd anniversary of the Wings thumping the Habs 11-1, ending Patrick Roy’s tenure in Montreal. 

Alex Ovechkin scored his 19th goal of the season and Evgeny Kuznetsov got the winner as the Washington Capitals edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. With his 577th career goal, Ovechkin moves up to 20th on the all-time goal leader list. 

The Philadelphia Flyers’ losing skid continued in a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each netted a goal and an assist and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the shutout. The Flyers have tied their longest losing streak in franchise history. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flyers late owner Ed Snider were still alive, general manager Ron Hextall and/or head coach Dave Hakstol probably would’ve been fired by now. However, Hextall doesn’t appear in any danger of losing his job and he’s standing by the embattled Hakstol. Looks like they’re taking a patient approach to rebuilding their roster.

Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson each scored twice to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Before the game, the Sharks placed winger Joonas Donskoi (lower-body injury) and defenseman Tim Heed (upper-body) on injured reserve. 

Tristan Jarry made 32 saves and Evgeni Malkin scored in his return from injury as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since taking over for the sidelined Matt Murray, Jarry’s begun to alleviate concerns over the Penguins’ goaltending depth. Granted, he had consecutive wins over the hapless Sabres but those victories should give his confidence a big boost. 

Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout as the Nashville Predators nipped the Anaheim Ducks 3-2, handing the latter their sixth defeat in their last seven games. Before the game, Nashville  forward Viktor Arvidsson assisted a Predators fan with his proposal to his girlfriend. 

Jesse Puljujarvi scored twice and Milan Lucic had a three-point night as the Edmonton Oilers built up a 6-1 lead and hung on for a 7-5 win over the Calgary Flames. Sam Bennett scored twice for the Flames. 

Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves and Matt Dumba scored in overtime as the Minnesota Wild edged the St. Louis Blues 2-1. 

Shootout goals by Alexander Radulov and Tyler Seguin gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stars were playing without center Martin Hanzal, who was placed on IR with a hamstring injury. 

Jacob Markstrom kicked out 35 shots and Alex Edler tallied the game winner as the Vancouver Canucks held on for a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Scott Wedgewood made 26 saves for his second career shutout and Dylan Strome netted his first career NHL goal as the Arizona Coyotes blanked the New Jersey Devils 5-0. 

Noah Hanifin’s goal in the tying seconds of overtime lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. 

On Dec. 1, the NHL announced Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser was named rookie of month for November 2017. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Wideman will undergo surgery on Monday for an injured hamstring and will be sidelined four-to-six months. The Sens also reclaimed forward Chris DiDomenico off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland is day-to-day with a right-hand injury.